Have you heard the story of that couple?
The one where the husband had a strange feeling about his wife going for a job and urged her to send someone else?
However, the wife couldn’t cancel cause of the commitment she’s made, so the husband prayed, laid hands and declared words on her.
As if on cue, the wife encountered a strange man who attempted to cast a spell on her and lead her to God knows where.
Fortunately, our God doesn’t wear flip-flops (that’s a joke, you gerrit?). He stood the wife on the ground, with her husband’s help and saved her.
Now, that wasn’t my point.
Go back to the beginning of the story, where the man tried to dissuade his wife from going somewhere and she insisted on it.
It could have gone sideways.
He could have thrown a tantrum about how unsubmissive she was; how she never listens to him and prioritizes her job and friendships with others over their marriage.
She could have threatened the husband with how unsupportive he was and wanted to give her a bad rep with her friendships.
They could have parted ways with resentment and that might have been the last emotions they ever shared together.
Aside: Maybe they will share regret later sha when one is probably dead or missing and the other feeling guilty).
My point? It could have gone any way. Luckily, they chose the God-way (based on belief, yeah?)
In life, things can go sideways in the blink of an eye, and it takes only a moment’s decision to influence how it turns out.
Here are five thoughts for application to consider:
One moment you could be living life to the fullest, next you could looking at others from an hollowed body. Do good at all turns.
Even if you are the type that honestly likes to walk away from a hot situation for a quiet moment of reflection, don’t leave while things are still hot. Diffuse the situation first, then seek your me-time.
People & relationships are the most important assets; don’t lose them cause of short-sightedness. Address the issue and its possible implications. Lose the battle (issue) if you must, but make sure you win the war (people).
There is a thin line between what could have been and what really did be, and prayer could make the difference in turns. Those in-between, short or long prayers, are not worthless. The heart is what prays.
You’ve heard the disco about having prayerful wives and protective husbands? It doesn’t matter, cause it goes both ways, always. In all, let one be the image of God for the other.
In the past two weeks, three of my friends have excused themselves from social media.
So many others have sent out alerts explaining why they won’t be replying quickly to chats & DMs; they are struggling…
Two people specifically shared how drained they were, and asked everyone to please respect their inconsistencies & silence.
Have you heard the monkey experiment story? No?
So, a group of scientists put five monkeys in a cage, put a ladder in with them and placed a bunch of banana at the top of the ladder.
Typical of monkeys, they attempt to climb the ladder to harvest the banana, but every time a monkey climbs up, the scientists soak the rest in cold water!
I witnessed another amazing scene the other day, and I was reminded how much as kids we ought to live.
By hook and crook, I was goaded into joining an outside event. As much as I didn’t mind being out there, honestly, I’d rather stay indoors – I’m an indoor guy.
Anyway, during the event, there were games of many kinds just as there were adults & kids present. Interestingly, last of the game was a tug of war.
We participated in groups, one against the other. After this, there was a sort of freestyle session, and the excited kids joined in. I’m not even sure some of them really understood what was going on, except that the adults were tugging at a rope and it looked like fun. So they joined on one side.